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Emirates Flight Training Academy (EFTA) has ordered three twin engine training aircraft DA42-VI and its corresponding flight simulator from Diamond Aircraft.
The AUSTRO jet-fuel powered twin engine 4-seater DA42-VI will be the flagship for multi engine piston (MEP) training at Al Maktoum International-Dubai World Central Airport in support of the Emirates’ National Cadet Pilot Programme.
Capt Abdulla Al Hammadi, Vice President Emirates Flight Training Academy, said: “Our new fleet from Diamond Aircraft is part of our larger strategic intent for our cadet programme. It helps us design a bridging MEP programme for cadets to gain more flying experience while progressing from a single engine to a light jet aircraft. It strengthens our offering and makes it more unique, rounded and robust. Our cadets will benefit hugely as they gain experience on three different types of aircraft, even before they’re licensed. The new fleet also helps us go above and beyond on complying with the new GCAA guidelines. The DA42-VI is reliable, eco-friendly and a practical platform for MEP training. We’re confident we’ve made the right choice.”
“We are thrilled that our DA42-VI is the choice for Emirate’s flight training. This, once again, solidifies the aircraft’s position as the industry leading multi engine piston trainer,” said Liqun (Frank) Zhang, CEO Diamond Aircraft Austria. “With Emirates we are adding another premier flight academy to our long list of renowned training operators and are looking forward to support them with the most advanced and eco-friendly aircraft available on the market today.”
The 4-seat DA42-VI is the newest version of Diamond’s technology leading light piston twin, the first certified general aviation piston aircraft to combine modern technology airframe, avionics, and power plants. Over 1,100 DA42’s have been delivered since its introduction, outselling all other certified piston twins combined.